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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy View Post
    ..how fast does it grow? It sounds kind of silly but I thought perhaps if the plant grows too quickly, the older pitchers might dry out eventually quickly too. Do you like get new pitchers formed and be fully open within a week?

    Anyone actually fertilise your Heliamphora?
    I originally bought two plants in June 2006 and I divided them into about six plants. The pitchers have doubled in size since then, even with the trama of division. I am always able to see a new pitcher forming or growing. The plants did better than I expected during the hottest summer days I experience, but that cannot compare to Singapore.

    A few weeks perhaps for a new pitcher to grow and open, but I often wait months for other helis.

    The pitchers catch some of their own food, but I supplement with koi pellets every now and then.

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    Dave is right. I've had my 'Tequila' for about, well, close to a year. I had it in an open terrarium with highland neps and a few subtropical pings and droseras in the summer. Max temps of about 80 and min of about 55. It grew ok. In the winter it is in a closed terrarium with upper lowland neps, highlands, and my pings and droseras. Max temps of about 70 min of about 50. It absolutely LOVES these temperatures. And it does grow pretty fast. And it loves to clump up and sometimes produce offshoots. Sometimes you may go a week after a pitcher opens up before seeing a new one start to grow, but after that, two or three weeks of growth produces a larger and more beautiful pitcher than the last. I have it growing in LFS/Perlite/Peat. It seems to do quite fine, but I will more likely change soil to a more airy mixture in the summer. The older pitchers sometimes dry out, but it takes about six months to do so, and you can simply clip them off if it is too unsightly for you, I personally, let them be, since in the wild, they often grow in their own decomposing leaves, but, it's up to you. Anyway, congratulations on getting one, they are very tolerant, and a great first time heli. Oh, and the humidity should stay pretty high for fast growth. Hope I helped ... just a little bit.

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    rockstarcobain, I appreciate all the help you can offer...even if you feel it is just a little bit. You actually answered another query about whether I should or should not remove the older and browned leaves.

    Dave, you propably divided the plant because you have prior experienced with helis. All of my encounters ended up with shrivelled plants within a week. I used to think that they need to be standing in water like the Sarracenias...then I realised that Sarracenias will rot if I stand them in water. Probably because of the amount of heat here in the region. So now, for both Helis and Sarras, I keep the media very loose.

    Thanks, Peter. I'll be most glad if I can have cooler temperature here...and if I can get the plant growing for several months, I'll seriously consider taking leaf cuttings as a form of insurance against losing the entire plant. So far, the way to keep the roots cool is to water with refridgerated water on nights with temperatures into the 80s.

    BTW, what is considered a mature pitcher for H. Tequila? How tall?

    And does the pitcher and/or the spoon turn redder with more light?

    I read that if the humidity is too low, the spoon won't form properly right?
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    BTW, what is considered a mature pitcher for H. Tequila? How tall?

    And does the pitcher and/or the spoon turn redder with more light?

    I read that if the humidity is too low, the spoon won't form properly right?


    Mine is about 7 inches or 15cm tall.
    Yes, i think the spoon area would be more red if i gave it more light. Right now it is under a 2 tube 80 watt fixture. Really prefers more light i think.
    I would guess that it would prefer hi humidity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy View Post
    BTW, what is considered a mature pitcher for H. Tequila? How tall?
    And does the pitcher and/or the spoon turn redder with more light?
    I read that if the humidity is too low, the spoon won't form properly right?

    I am not sure, but my mature pitchers are also around 15 cm right now. It would not surprise me if the pitchers get bigger in time. I have found that temperature, and feeding also contribute to the plant's reaction toward redness. Some of my older plants that were bright red may have adjusted to the conditions, like incresed light, because the red has faded back to a more green/greenish yellow. I think light is a bigger factor for nectar spoon development, but I am open to other opinions. Low humidity may also be a factor for poor nectar spoon development.

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    H. Tequila

    Hey Dave,
    This is my H. Tequila. The pitcher on the left has some cold damage. Now I pretty much keep it around 70 day, 50 night. Seems to be growing good. Going to up size it's pot I think pretty soon.
    Does anyone know what this hybrid is?? I would really like to know.
    Later.


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    That looks awesome Jeff! I think I read somewhere that people guessed H. pulchella x H. ionasii. I think at least one parent plant is correct.

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    Real nice lookin' plant Jeff! Looks like it's pretty big too.

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